The Tree Experts


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List of Figures Preface Acknowledgements 1.  Introduction    2. The Romans Bring Arboriculture to Britain    3. Keeping the Flame Alight in the Dark Ages 4. Green Shoots in Tudor and Early Stuart Times 5. Arboriculture in the Age of the Formal Garden 6. Arboriculture in the English Landscape Garden 7. Heroic Arboriculture in the Nineteenth Century 8. The Rise of the Tree Experts, 1900–1945 9. Professional Arboriculture ‘Comes of Age’, 1946–Present Index

About the Author

Mark Johnston is an independent scholar who holds a PhD in urban forestry from the University of Ulster. He has nearly fifty years’ experience in the greenspace industry, including working as a tree officer in local government, a consultant in private practice, a government adviser and a university academic. His contribution to trees and the urban environment has been widely acknowledged with several prestigious national and international awards.


Overall this splendid book provides an illuminating and complete history of the practical management of trees and is to be strongly recommended to all those with an interest in garden, woodland and landscape history.
*Landscape History*

Overall, this is a clear and confident volume … and the depth of learning, meticulous research and hard work underpinning its creation is evident. Though detailed and authoritative, this is no dry academic text, and in many ways Johnston has written a love letter to his profession, but not one over-sweet with uncritical adulation, and it was a pleasure to read and review it.
*Garden History*

I, for one, have enjoyed the [book] immensely and wholehearted recommend it to anyone interested in where we started and what we had to go through in order to end up here, now, as arborists. -Donald F. Blair in Tree Care Industry Magazine
*Tree Care Industry Magazine*

''Outstanding in both depth and detail. ... It’s all there in Mark Johnston’s large but tight and tidy text, big on information and detail, interest and intrigue.''
*Forestry Journal and Essential Arb*

To describe this book as a gallop through time would not only be a disservice to the sheer volume of research that Dr Johnston has undertaken, it would also be misleading, as its pages cover both broad concepts and detailed minutiae. … A must read for anyone interested in the promotion and evolution of the [arboriculture] sector. Nick Bolton, Quarterly Journal of Forestry
*Quarterly Journal of Forestry*

What a great way to explore the fascinating history of professional arboriculture in Britain. Navigating chronologically, [the author] provides a clearly constructed narrative that is brimming with historical references providing endless details to immerse yourself in time and time again. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review this book and it was a fascinating read from cover to cover.
*Trees magazine (Institute of Chartered Foresters)*

We can all marvel at the completeness of what is for me the most important book on the subject and which will never be equalled – let alone bettered.
*Kew Guild Journal*

[A]nyone with an interest in trees and how their use evolved to contribute to the gardens and landscapes of past and present would benefit from reading The Tree Experts.
*The Horticulturalist*

This weighty book contains a huge amount of information and will rightly find a place on many bookshelves.
*The Arb Magazine (Arboricultural Association)*

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